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The era of the SmartScope is now – is the CMM dead?

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For decades, the Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) has been the standard measurement technology for manufacturers. However, a new, more advanced and comprehensive measurement technology has emerged, providing state-of-the-art multi-sensor measurement: the OGP SmartScope.

The OGP SmartScope is a revolutionary technology, offering a more versatile, comprehensive, and efficient way to analyse components. SmartScope technology is not a direct replacement for the CMM, but rather offers manufacturers a solution that goes beyond the limitations of traditional contact-only measurement.

Is the CMM dead? No, not entirely. But the era of the OGP SmartScope has arrived, providing a more capable and comprehensive solution to streamline workflows and supply unparalleled insight.

What is OGP SmartScope technology?

Introduced in 1992, OGP’s state-of-the-art SmartScope multi-sensor measurement technology has become one of the world’s most popular and versatile dimensional measurement systems. It combines optical, laser and tactile sensors, allowing a more comprehensive, accurate and efficient measurement of even the most complex and intricate components. All of the different types of sensors are integrated seamlessly into a single multi-sensor system to enhance manufacturers’ measurement capabilities, compared to traditional measurement machines which require multiple specialised systems.

OGP SmartScope multi-sensor measurement systems are utilised by manufacturers around the world for a variety of applications by a range of industries including aerospace, automotive, medical and manufacturing.  

The era of the OGP SmartScope is now

The CMM has long been the standard measurement technology in the manufacturing industry. However, its reliance on tactile sensors limits its measurement capabilities, relying on sensors having physical contact with the component which increases the risk of damaging delicate and flexible components during an inspection.

Although SmartScope technology doesn’t directly replace a CMM, it does override a huge amount of the CMM’s purpose within the manufacturing process. Modern manufacturers need to ensure speed, accuracy, and versatility in their inspection processes and CMMs simply cannot compete with the versatility and power of SmartScope technology.


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